“That was their decision, was to not make a decision,” said Bruce Hunter, VIU’s athletic director.
Canada West, he said, couldn’t come up with league schedules that were acceptable to the existing members and applying members.
The conference floated the idea of a Tier 2 that would include the three applying schools – VIU, UBC-Okanagan and the University of Northern B.C. – and recent expansion schools Thompson Rivers University and the University of the Fraser Valley.
“That wasn’t acceptable, really, to anybody,” Hunter said.
Nobody found that acceptable? Really? I can think of some NCAA-eyeing schools who might be more inclined to hang around if they didn't have to play certain schools. Or not. Tiering may not matter much; see the comments below.)
There's going to come a time when geographic and temporal limitations make it near-impossible to have everyone play everyone else they want to play. The OUA's East and West teams play each other seldom (if at all, in some sports). Canada West's greater distances probably mean, eventually, an all-B.C. division and another with the Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba schools.
Virtually nobody wants to be second-tier, and nobody in this country wants to label others as second-tier, so it's not clear what will happen when "too many" schools join the same conference. Perhaps that's why the decision on VIU was put off for a year; they're not sure what will happen either.
No CIS for VIU, for now [Greg Sasaki, Nanaimo News Bulletin]